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					                PREPARING FOR REGISTRATION: Beginning your Pathway at BU
During Summer Orientation you will register for your first semester courses, and you will leave with a copy of your fall
class schedule. At summer orientation you will work very closely with an academic advisor to select the appropriate

The Curriculum
As a first year CGS student you will be registered for the CGS core curriculum consisting of Humanities (HU),
Rhetoric (RH), and Social Science (SS), and an elective. Each course is worth four credits for a total of 16 credits a
semester. For more details on the CGS core curriculum, please visit the CGS website:

The Elective
The elective is a course taken in one of the other schools and colleges at B.U. You may choose to take a course
towards your intended major, or if you are undecided—which many college students are—the elective will give you an
opportunity to explore an academic area of interest.

Advanced Placement Credit: You must consult with your academic advisor if you want to apply your AP/IB scores to
the CGS core. The following AP/IB credits garner credit at CGS: AP European History for CGS SS102 (score of 4 or
5); AP English Lit for CGS HU101/102 (score of 4 or 5); IB English A for CGS HU101/102 score of 5 or above; AP
Biology for CGS NS201 (score of 4 or 5). Other AP Exams will apply towards elective credit with appropriate scores,
e.g. AP Psychology awards you credit for CAS PS101 (Introduction to Psychology).

Additional Classes
Fulltime status is 12-18 credits per semester. You will be enrolled in 16 credits. Feel free at any point this summer to
add additional one or two credit courses to your schedule. You may choose from courses offered at the College of
Fine Arts (CFA) for the BU community or classes taught in Physical Education (PDP).


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College of Communication: Page 18
College of Engineering: Page 18
Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Page 18
School of Education: Page 18
School of Hospitality: Page 19
School of Management: Page 19

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). If you are undecided about your major, taking one of the listed
courses below will allow you to explore various academic disciplines and give you the opportunity to find your passion.
If you know your major, taking one of the introductory courses will get you started. You may also consider taking a
mathematics or an upper-level foreign language class to satisfy CAS graduation requirements.

ANTHROPOLOGY—Introductory Courses: CAS AN101 or CAS AN102. Majors will receive prerequisite credit
for CGS SS101 and CGS SS102 (minimum grade of “C”) as equivalent to the required introductory course:
CAS AN101.

The anthropology major at Boston University emphasizes social/cultural and biological anthropology, with particular
reference to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The breadth of materials covered by anthropology, together with its
international focus, provides an excellent basis for a liberal arts education. Most specific career opportunities in
anthropology require graduate work through the PhD, although the teaching of anthropology is gradually
being introduced into elementary and secondary schools. Many students also go on to other professions.
Increasing opportunities exist for employment in national and international agencies or various publicly
funded programs.

CAS AN101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. Introduces basic concepts, principles, and problems of cultural
anthropology, emphasizing study of both traditional and complex societies. Special attention to the evolution of human
societies and culture; changing organization and meaning of religion, economic life, kinship, and political order; and
the problem of cultural variation in the modern world.

CAS AN102 Human Biology, Behavior, and Evolution. Biology relevant to the behavioral sciences. Introduces
basic principles of evolutionary biology, animal social behavior, primate adaptations, human origins,
genetic/hormonal/neural bases of behavior, and issues of human socioecology and adaptations. Laboratory sessions
allow in-depth engagement with course material and introduce methods used in biological anthropology, including
analyzing bones and fossil casts, observing animals, studying human biology, and conducting experiments.

CAS AN240 Legal Anthropology. An introduction to the anthropologist’s approach to law. Investigation of the
relationship among society, culture, and law focuses on how different societies generate and structure competition
and conflict. Examines the range of social and symbolic mechanisms for regulating dispute.

CAS AN290 Children and Culture. Explores the way various cultures shape the lives and social development of
children. Topics include cultural concepts of childhood; the acquisition of culture; socialization and moral
development; cognition, emotion, and behavior in childhood; children’s language and play; and the cultural shaping of

CAS AN351 Language, Culture, and Society. Introduction to basic concepts, problems, and methods used by
anthropologists in the investigation of relationships among language, culture, and society. Topics include language
and conceptual systems, language and role, language and social context, and language and thought.

ARCHAEOLOGY—Introductory Course: CAS AR101. Note: AR100 does not fulfill a major requirement.

Boston University is one of a very few institutions in the United States to offer an undergraduate major in archaeology.
The curriculum is designed to introduce students to past cultures around the world and is therefore a highly
appropriate liberal arts concentration. At the same time, the program provides the academic, excavation, and
laboratory skills that will ensure a solid background for graduate study. Typical career opportunities in archaeology
on the professional level include university teaching, museum curatorship and administration, conservation
of ancient materials, and (in the United States) cultural resource management.

CAS AR100 Great Discoveries in Archaeology. Illustrated lectures focus on the important discoveries of the
discipline of archaeology. The course covers the whole of human prehistory and history around the world.
Archaeological methods are described, along with the great ancient sites, including Olduvai, Lascaux, Stonehenge,
Egyptian pyramids, and Machu Picchu (this course is for non-majors).

CAS AR101 Introduction to Archaeology. Theory, methods, and aims of prehistoric and historical archaeology in
the Old and New Worlds. Excavation and recovery of archaeological data; dating techniques; interpretation of finds;
relation of archaeology to history and other disciplines. Examination of several Old and New World cultures.

CAS AR202 Archaeological Mysteries: Pseudoscience and Fallacy in the Human Past. Investigation through
case studies of pseudoscientific claims about the past. Purported solutions to archaeological mysteries are subjected
to the test of evidence using the scientific method. Topics include Atlantis, ancient extraterrestrials, Pyramids,
Stonehenge, crop marks, and Noah's Ark.

CAS AR205 Origins of Civilization. The comparison of origins and institutions of civilizations in the Old and New
Worlds, including the first state-organized societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, China, Mesoamerica,
and Peru.

CAS AR209 The Near Eastern Bronze Age. Examines the wealth and power of the ancient Near East and Egypt
during the middle and late Bronze Age. Topics include the establishment of power, long distance exchange and
interaction, ethnicity, architecture, and environmental and ecological factors affecting the civilizations.

CAS AR222 Art and Architecture of Ancient America. Introduction to the cities, monuments, and major art styles of
the Aztec, the Maya, the Inca, and their predecessors in ancient Mesoamerica and the Andes from the first millennium
B.C. to the sixteenth century.

CAS AR230 Archaeology of Classical Civilizations. An introduction to classical antiquity through the material
remains of the period ca. 1500 B.C. to A.D. 400. Chronological survey of the magnificent (palaces, temples, and major
arts) and the mundane (pots, coins, tools, and weapons) as evidenced in the archaeological record. Special emphasis
on daily life and on relations between Greco-Roman and other cultures.

CAS AR240 Archaeology of Ancient China. Examines the archaeology of ancient China from the Neolithic through
the Bronze Age (7000 to 221 B.C.) with particular attention to the interactions between technology and the acquisiion
of political, religious, and social power.

CAS AR251 Ancient Maya Civilization. A survey of current knowledge and scholarship about the Maya civilization,
which flourished in Central America between 250-900 A.D., its earlier beginnings and subsequent collapse, and
aspects of its economic and social basis and artistic and intellectual achievements.

CAS AR262 Asian Gods and Goddesses. Representation, meaning, and mystery of gods and goddesses of South
and East Asian cultures, from prehistory to the present. Mother, fertility, and tree goddesses; deities of Hinduism,
Jainism, and Buddhism. Evidence from archaeology, rock engravings, religious shrines, and other sources.

ASTRONOMY—Introductory Course: CAS AS202 Principles of Astronomy I. Corequisite: CAS MA 123 (or

The Department of Astronomy offers first-year students a wide choice of introductory courses. For non-science majors
and interested science students, the 100-level astronomy courses provide perspectives on the solar system, the
universe, and our astronomical origins. Formation of the solar system; the earth and the space around it; the sun and
solar wind; solar-terrestrial relations; the planets and their satellites; asteroids and comets; theory of orbital motion;
space exploration. Lectures and night laboratories. Use of the observatory and darkroom.

CAS AS 202: Principles of Astronomy I. Astronomical measurements; time and the celestial sphere; telescopes
and observatories; the solar system, orbital motion; comparative planetology; the sun and solar-terrestrial effects;
electromagnetic radiation; spectroscopy, stellar properties and stellar evolution; the Milky Way galaxy; galaxies; the
universe. Lectures and laboratories. Intended primarily for astronomy or physics concentrators.

The following courses Intended primarily for non-science majors:

CAS AS101 The Solar System. The historical development of astronomy and the motion of the planets. The
formation of the solar system. The sun and its effects on the earth. Description of the planets and the moons of our
solar system including recent results from the space program. Use of the observatory. (lab)

CAS AS102 The Astronomical Universe. The birth and death of stars. Red giants, white dwarfs, black holes. The
Milky Way, other galaxies, the Big Bang, and various cosmological theories of our expanding universe. Use of the
observatory. (lab)

CAS AS105 Alien Worlds. Examination of worlds within and outside our solar system. History of NASA and other
space exploration programs. Discovery and properties of hundreds of planets around other stars. Possibility of life on
other worlds. Students use telescopes to observe our solar system.

CAS AS117 Cosmic Evolution. Physical and chemical evolution of the universe from its origin to the present, from
simple to complex. Stellar evolution. Planetary formation and evolution. Origin of life. The rise of civilization and
technology. The future of humankind. Search for extraterrestrial life.

BIOLOGY— Introductory Course: Prospective biology majors and pre-medical students are advised to take
CAS CH101 (Chemistry I)

Biology is the study of life and as such impacts the day-to-day existence of every person. From medicine to ecology,
from genetic engineering to sociobiology, from the population explosion to conservation, biology is the most
immediate of the natural sciences. Biochemists and molecular biologists study the interdependence of molecules and
cellular function, neuroscientists and physiologists investigate function at the cellular and organismal level, and
ecologists study the development of populations and interactions within ecosystems. The concept of evolution is basic
to all these areas of study. The study of biology prepares majors for exciting and responsible careers. The BA with a
major in biology provides a thorough grounding in all basic sciences and, so, can serve as a point of departure for
careers in many related fields. Students are prepared for employment in numerous areas of government and
industry as well as for professional training in research, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and
biotechnology. With further training (in some cases at the undergraduate level), students can also qualify for
careers in areas including public health, biotechnology, health administration, allied health professions,
communication (TV, radio, journalism), education, government, environmental law, and oceanography.

CAS BI107 Biology I. For students who plan to major in the natural sciences or environmental science, and for
premedical students. Required for biology majors. No prerequisite. High school biology is assumed. Evolution,
ecology, and behavior. The evolution and diversity of life; principles of ecology; behavioral biology. Three hours
lecture, three hours lab, including several weekend field studies.

CAS BI114 Human Infectious Disease: AIDS to Tuberculosis (for non-majors). A study of the world’s major
human diseases, their causes, effects on history, pathology, and cures. Principles of immunology. Emphasis on
present maladies such as AIDS, cancer, hepatitis, herpes, influenza, mononucleosis, tuberculosis. Designed as a
divisional studies course; does not count toward major credit in biology. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.

CHEMISTRY— Introductory Courses: CAS CH111 or CAS CH109

Chemistry is often called the “central science” because of its focus on the structure and properties of all matter,
especially at the atomic and molecular level. Chemistry stands at the intersection of biology, biotechnology, physics,
geology, astronomy, environmental science, and materials science. Its study can lead to a wide range of professional
opportunities in research, teaching, industry, governmental agencies, and the health sciences (medicine, dentistry,
veterinary medicine); a BA with a major in chemistry can also serve as the basis of careers in law, marketing
and sales, scientific writing, and environmental regulation, to name just a few.

CAS CH109/110 (prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry, two years of high school algebra). Two-
semester sequence for students majoring in the sciences, especially for those considering a chemistry or
biochemistry-molecular biology major but who do not enroll in CH 111/112. Stoichiometry, acids, bases, liquids,
solids, solutions, equilibria, thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, atomic structure, bonding, and selected
chemical systems. Correlated laboratory experiments emphasizing quantitative analysis. Three hours lecture, one
hour discussion, one hour lab lecture; four hours lab in each semester.

CAS CH111/112 ( prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry, two years of high school algebra,
corequisite: MA 123 or 127 or 129, or advanced placement in calculus). Intensive two-semester sequence for
well-prepared students majoring in chemistry or other sciences. Brief review of stoichiometry, gas laws; extensive
consideration of equilibrium, thermodynamics, atomic and molecular structure, kinetics; application of principles to
selected elements and compounds. Lab experiments emphasize quantitative analysis and instrumental techniques;
development of chemistry-related writing skills (students completing the CH 111/112 course sequence receive
equivalence for WR 150). Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour prelab lecture, four hours lab per week
in each semester. Students seeking admission to CH 111 are required to take an online placement examination.)

Chemistry Course for science majors or premeds who require a chemistry sequence:

CAS CH101: General Chemistry 1. Stoichiometry, gases, liquids, solids, solutions, equilibrium, thermodynamics,
electrochemistry, atomic structure and bonding, kinetics, and selected chemical systems. Laboratory exercises
include qualitative analysis. Three hours lecture, one hour discussion, one hour prelab lecture, and three hours lab.

CLASSICAL STUDIES—Introductory Courses: CAS CL101 or CAS CL102

Greek and Roman literature, art, philosophy, and other aspects of classical culture constitute a major part of the
foundation of Western civilizations. For more than 2,000 years, the influence of classical civilization has been
significant in the governmental and religious institutions, the languages and literature, and the arts and crafts of many
cultures. To take only one example, the Constitution of the United States was shaped through the Founding Fathers’
deep knowledge of the literature and history of ancient Greece and Rome. The study of classics not only provides
access to the thoughts, achievements, and ways of life of the ancient Greeks and Romans, but also leads to
comparative cultural studies across the ages. Through courses in classical studies, students are engaged with some
of the most profound thinkers and writers of all time. They explore issues of enduring importance in ethics, politics, art,
literature, and history. A major in classical studies provides an ideal foundation for students interested in
comparative literature, archaeology, linguistics, and a wide range of humanistic disciplines. Majors in
classical languages can go on to pursue graduate study in Greek and Latin as well as teach at the secondary
level. Beyond that, classical studies is seen as a superb major for students who wish to go to law school,
business school, and medical school. A major in classical studies teaches students to read and think clearly
and enables them to deal, from a critical perspective, with ethical and moral issues raised by a professional

CAS CL101 World of Greece. Greek antiquity viewed as fact and myth in Western tradition; Mycenaean Greece and
emergence of the heroic mind; worldview of the Archaic Age; fifth century and classicism; breakdown of city-state,
coalescence of oriental and Greek cultures, and growth of the Hellenistic monarchies.

CAS CL102 World of Rome. The Roman sociopolitical achievement; the public and private values of the ancient
Roman people as viewed in their literature, language, and art. Roman family life, religion, and education and their
meaning for our own age.

CAS CL213 Greek and Roman Mythology. A general introduction to the myths of the ancient classical world, with
particular regard to the patterns of experience, both religious and psychological, from which they evolved.

CAS CL221 Greek History. Introduction to the political, social, and economic history of Greece from the earliest
historical period through the death of Alexander the Great.

CAS CL224 Greek Drama in Translation. Close and comparative study of selected tragedies by Aeschylus,
Sophocles, and Euripides, in the light of theories of tragedy, ancient and modern, and of alternative forms of tragic
drama in English.

CAS CL226 Ancient Epic in Translation. Studies, in translation, the tradition of Greek and Roman epic: heroic,
cosmogonic, didactic. Possible authors include Hesiod, Homer, Apollonius, Aratus, Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, Lucan,
Statius. Focus on the social context, values, structure, and narrative of each poem.

CAS CL325 Greek Tragedy and Film. Explores Greek tragic myth’s afterlife, both directly and obliquely, in cinema
and in the modern literature spawning cinema: how certain Greek tragic myths have come to life as film and how
“non-mythic” stories have acquired a mythic power in literary and cinematic form.

COMPUTER SCIENCE— Introductory Course: CAS CS111

The computer science program provides an education to last a lifetime in a fast-changing field. While making sure that
our students are competitive on the job market the moment they graduate, we teach problem-solving techniques that
apply regardless of the particular fashions of the day. The 15-course computer science major consists of a common
foundation of courses complemented by electives in several tracks, including networks, data mining, artificial
intelligence, operating systems, graphics, bioinformatics, and security. A six-course minor is also available. Students
may participate in laboratory research directed by internationally renowned faculty to learn how CS is applied to help
solve society’s problems. Career opportunities in computer science remain excellent, sustained by the ongoing
revolution in computer technology and applications. In addition to careers in the software and hardware
industries, students graduate to rewarding careers in a variety of business sectors, including financial,
medical, education, gaming, media, and entertainment.

CAS CS111 Introduction to Computer Science I. This is the first course for computer science, mathematics, and
physical science majors, and others wishing a more technical approach than CAS CS 101 through CAS CS 109.
Students develop basic skills in object-oriented computer programming using the Java programming language.

Courses for Non-Majors/Fulfills CAS Mathematics/Computer Science Graduation Requirement

CAS CS101 Introduction to Computers. Computers are taken for granted in today’s society, but most users have no
knowledge of how computers work. CS 101 helps students gain a deeper appreciation of the capabilities and
limitations of computing. Questions addressed include: What is a computer? How does computation happen? How is
information represented within a digital computer? What is computer programming? What are algorithms, how do we
measure their efficiency, and why does this matter? Why does a computer have an operating system, and what does
it do? What is the Internet, and how does it work? How do applications like Google and Facebook perform their

CAS CS103 Introduction to Internet Technologies and Web Programming. CS 103 invites students to engage
with the Web in order to gain an understanding of what it is, how to use it, and how to contribute to it. Students learn
to view the Web and the underlying Internet architecture as instances of the mathematical abstraction of a network.
They learn how modern Web technologies like search exploit fundamental aspects of networks, and they thereby
become more effective users of these technologies. Finally, students become active contributors to the Web by
learning the basics of Web programming and by creating a full-blown original website as an independent semester-
long project.

CAS CS105 Introduction to Databases and Data Mining. Databases are everywhere. Retailers use data about
customers and purchases to increase profits. Researchers analyze genomic data to find treatments for diseases.
Online music and video services use data mining to deliver customized recommendations. How does all this work?
CS 105 examines how data is organized, analyzed, and displayed. Topics include relational databases and the SQL
query language, the writing of programs to analyze data, the principles of data visualization, and data-mining tech-
niques for discovering patterns in data. At the end of the course, students apply the topics they have learned to a
collection of data that interests them.

CAS CS108 Introduction to Applications Programming. As a society, we have become dependent on computer
applications in our personal and professional lives—from email programs and database software to the programs that
drive the websites where we shop online. But what is computer software, and how is it developed? CS 108 is an
introduction to object-oriented and procedural programming that covers the fundamental constructs and patterns
present in all programming languages, with a focus on developing applications for users. While learning to program,
students also develop problem-solving skills and ways of thinking that can be applied to a variety of disciplines.

CAS CS109 The Art and Science of Quantitative Reasoning. Buying music online, making phone calls, predicting
the weather, or controlling disease outbreaks would be impossible without mathematics, statistics, and computer
science. This class, offered jointly with mathematics and statistics, focuses on methods of reasoning common to these
disciplines and how they enable the modern world. Also offered as
CAS MA109.

EARTH SCIENCES— Introductory Courses: CAS ES101, CAS ES140, CAS ES144. (Only one of these courses
may be taken for credit toward the major).

The Earth is a dynamic planet that has evolved continuously over its 4.6-billion-year history. Oceans and mountain
belts were created and destroyed; life forms have evolved and become extinct; climate changes have resulted in
glaciations and extreme warm periods; meteorite impacts, earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, and glaciers have altered
the land surface. All of these events formed and continue to form the complex, interactive system that we call Earth.
The Department of Earth Sciences concentrates on the study of the solid Earth (geology) and its hydrosphere (oceans
and groundwater) in order to understand how the Earth works as a system. This understanding is essential to enable
us to find and wisely harness Earth’s resources (such as oil, gas, water, minerals, metals, and building materials), to
face the environmental impacts of past and future development, and to predict future climatic change. Our basic
degree programs are designed to provide a strong fundamental education for students who wish to pursue graduate
studies and/or work as professional earth scientists, environmental consultants, or hydrogeologists. Employment
opportunities also exist in state and federal agencies, private consulting companies and institutes, and
financial institutions where knowledge of Earth’s processes is necessary for effective economic investments
and planning.

CAS ES101 The Dynamic Earth. Introduction to the dynamic Earth, including plate tectonics, earthquake and
volcanic hazards, mountain-building processes; igneous, metamorphic processes; surface processes, erosion, soil,
and sediment formation; hydrogeology. Interactions among the lithospheric, hydrospheric, atmospheric, and
biospheric systems are emphasized. Three hours lecture, two hours lab, including field trips.

CAS ES140 Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Other Natural Disasters. Explores the large natural events that affect
us; examines their geologic causes, as well as their natural and human consequences. Topics include earthquakes,
volcanoes, floods, impacts of extraterrestrial objects, and other near-surface disasters, with an emphasis on
destructive solid-earth phenomena.

CAS ES144 Oceanography. Examines the physical, chemical, and biological processes by which the oceans serve
as an agent to accelerate or moderate the pace of global change. Dynamic nature of the oceans on both a short- and
long-term scale is emphasized. Also recommended for students considering a concentration in marine science.

ECONOMICS— Introductory Courses: CAS EC101 or CAS EC102

The study of economics is an excellent preparation for those who plan careers in business and finance, law,
government, and nonprofit organizations. As an applied social science, economics provides the basis for
analyzing many of the successes and failures of our society. Understanding economics is a basis for informed
citizenship. An economy is made up of businesses producing goods and services for sale; individuals working and
receiving income and spending that income on goods and services; and government taxing businesses and
individuals and providing services generally not available in the private sector. The manner in which this complex
system is organized and coordinated through a series of interrelated markets is the subject of economics.

CAS EC101 Introductory Microeconomic Analysis. Covers the economics of households,
business firms, and markets; consumer behavior and the demand for commodities; production, costs, and the supply
of commodities; price determination; competition and monopoly; efficiency of resource allocation; governmental
regulation; income distribution; and poverty.

CAS EC102 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis. Covers national economic performance; the problems of
recession, unemployment, and inflation; money creation, government spending, and taxation; economic
consequences of budget deficits and national debt; economic policies for full employment and price stability; and
international trade and payments.

ENGLISH—Introductory Courses: CAS HU221 and CAS EN220. CGS HU101, HU102, HU201, and HU202
together will satisfy the CAS HU221 requirement. If you have AP or IB credit for literature, you will take
HU221 in the fall in lieu of CGS HU101. If you do not have AP or IB credit, you may take another 100-level
English course, or you may take a mathematics or foreign language course to fulfill CAS graduation
requirements. CGS RH101 is a prerequisite for CAS EN220, which you will take in the spring semester.

The Department of English offers courses in linguistics, creative writing, and both English and American literatures. A
variety of 100-level courses are open to freshmen. A major in English at Boston University aims at developing a
sophisticated response to literary art. Students are encouraged to see literature as central to the experience of the
humanities. A major in English is easily and profitably combined with the study of foreign literature, classical
civilization, history, psychology, philosophy, and the other arts.

CAS HU221 Major Authors. Introduction to the works of ancient and medieval literatures that influenced later
Continental, English, and American literature: the Bible, Homeric epic, Greek tragedy, Vergil’s Aeneid, and Dante’s
The Divine Comedy.

CAS EN130 Literature and Science. Through readings in British and/or American literature, an exploration of some
of the following topics: science and technology as literary themes; historical construction of science and art;
similarities and differences between literary and scientific methods; the development of science fiction.

CAS EN175 Literature and the Art of the Film. Survey and analysis of cinema as an expressive medium from the
silent period to the present. Films are screened weekly and discussed in conjunction with works of literature. Students
must register for screening, discussion, and lecture.

ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS AND POLICY (administered by the Department of Geography & Environment)—
Introductory Courses: CAS GE100 or CAS MA121/123 (Calculus I) or CAS EC101 (Microeconomics)

Students in the environmental analysis & policy major receive an extensive background in the principal energy,
resource, and environmental problems facing society, as well as the predominant analytical and resource
management tools available to help solve those problems. Such tools include cost-benefit analysis, basic computer
modeling skills, policy formulation and analysis, resource management, and statistics. Students also take a range of
classes in the natural and physical sciences to ensure that they understand the biophysical basis of environmental
issues. The major in environmental analysis & policy prepares students for a number of career paths.
Students gain a strong set of analytical tools that are needed in government agencies, environmental
consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations that deal with a wide variety of energy and environmental policy
issues. Graduate school is possible in several fields, including resource and environmental economics, law,
resource management, and environmental policy.

CAS GE100 Introduction to Environmental Science. Introduction to basic physical, ecological, and environmental
concepts underlying the relationship between human society and the natural environment. Evaluation of problems and
options available in dealing with the areas of natural resources, pollution, environmental degradation, and population
growth. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (administered by the Department of Geography & Environment)—Introductory
Courses: CAS GE100 or CAS MA123

The environmental science major provides disciplinary foundations in biology, earth sciences, and geography relevant
to interdisciplinary study in environmental science. Students also take laboratory courses in chemistry and physics,
and acquire proficiency in mathematics and quantitative modeling. Environmental science majors are prepared for
a wide variety of environmental careers in private consulting firms, state and federal regulatory agencies, and
university or private research laboratories. Most of these jobs require a broad, solid background in natural
science and skills in field, laboratory, and computational methods. Students who complete coursework in
geographical analysis will find their skills in remote sensing and geographic information systems to be in
high demand among employers. In addition to a variety of employment options, graduate study is possible in
traditional fields including biology, wildlife ecology, geology, and geography as well as a number of graduate
programs in environmental science.

CAS GE100 Introduction to Environmental Science. Introduction to basic physical, ecological, and environmental
concepts underlying the relationship between human society and the natural environment. Evaluation of problems and
options available in dealing with the areas of natural resources, pollution, environmental degradation, and population
growth. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.

HISTORY— Introductory Courses: One 100 or 200-level History course. Majors will receive principal course
credit for CAS HI102 and HI176 through completion of CGS SS102 and SS201 respectively (minimum grade of
C). There are no prerequisites for HI courses at the 100–300 levels.

The Department of History offers a broad curriculum where students can develop their particular geographic or
thematic interests by taking a specialized path toward fulfillment of requirements for the major.

CAS HI101 The Dawn of Europe: Antiquity to the Renaissance. Covers the origins and rise of Europe, with
emphasis on Greek and Roman antiquity, medieval institutions, the Renaissance city-state, and religious reform.
Typical readings may include Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War, the Bible, Machiavelli’s The Prince, and Luther’s
Christian Liberty.

CAS HI151 The Emerging United States to 1865. Colonial society and the roots of the American Revolution;
federalism, nationalism, Jeffersonian democracy; Jackson and democratic capitalism; expansion and imperialism;
slavery and civil war.

CAS HI175 World History I: Origins of Humanity to ca. 1500. Interrelationships among major world civilizations of
Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe to 1500.

Other Interesting History Courses:

CAS HI201 History of Medieval Europe
CAS HI202 Medieval Intellectual History
CAS HI203 Magic, Science, and Religion
CAS HI209 Christendom Divided: Reformation and Religious Conflict in Early Modern Europe
CAS HI210 Europe Between Renaissance and Reformation
CAS HI222 Science and Technology in World History
CAS HI223 Intellectual History of Europe in the Nineteenth Century
CAS HI229 The Great Powers and the Eastern Mediterranean
CAS HI245 Tudor England CAS HI 247 The Making of Modern Britain
CAS HI274 Issues in Modern Russian and Soviet History, 1861–1956
CAS HI283 The Twentieth-Century American Presidency
CAS HI284 History of War CAS HI 287 History of American Foreign Relations Since 1898
CAS HI288 American Foreign Policy Since 1945
CAS HI291 Politics of the American Environment
CAS HI292 Economic History of the United States
CAS HI298 African American History
CAS HI300 American Popular Culture
CAS HI301 A History of Women in the United States
CAS HI302 Science and American Culture
CAS HI306 American Thought and Culture, 1900 to the Present
CAS HI311 The South in History and Literature
CAS HI328 The Civil War Era
CAS HI329 The Gilded Age, 1877–1914
CAS HI338 The United States, 1945–1968
CAS HI347 Reconstructing the African Past (Carries SS divisional credit)
CAS HI361 Black Radical Thought
CAS HI369 Introduction to Modern Japanese History
CAS HI378 Armenia from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
CAS HI382 Turko-Persia in the Twentieth Century
CAS HI387 Introduction to the Middle East
CAS HI393 Topics in the History of Israel
CAS HI398 Protest, Revolution, and Human Rights in Latin America
HISTORY OF ART AND ARCHITECTURE—Introductory Courses: General Track - CAS AH111; Architectural
History Track – CAS AH201

This department offers minors in western art, non-western art, and architectural history, as well as the major in
history of art & architecture. Also offered, in collaboration with the College of Fine Arts (CFA), is a separate new
major in architectural studies. Each student works closely and regularly with his or her advisor in developing a
coherent and meaningful program of study suited to his or her needs and interests. Upon graduation, art and
architectural history majors may work in museums, galleries, architectural firms, municipal and state
cultural programs, educational institutions, and the publishing industry. Many students go on to do
graduate work in a variety of fields, and professional schools are increasingly interested in students with a
background in the humanities. The new major in architectural studies emphasizes skills and knowledge
that are fundamental to thinking and writing about building and spaces, as well as to careers and graduate
study in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. In addition to AH 201, AH 205, and upper-
level electives in architectural history and related disciplines, students majoring in architectural studies take drawing
(CFA AR 131 or 132 or CFA 193) and a second CFA visual arts course, as well as courses in architectural
technology and materials, including at least one semester of calculus (MA 121 or 123) and at least one semester of
physics (PY 105 or 211). The architectural studies major takes advantage of Boston’s vibrant architectural scene and
is especially appropriate for students considering graduate study leading to careers as professional architects.

CAS AH111: Introduction to Art History I: Antiquity to the Middle Ages. An introduction to art history and the
analysis of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Study of masterpieces from prehistoric to medieval times. Focus on
monuments of Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages, with a survey of Egyptian and Near Eastern art.

CAS AH201: Understanding Architecture: Theoretical Approaches to the Built Environment. Introduces a range
of approaches to the analysis of architecture. Learn how scholars and architects have interpreted meaning in
architecture through the rubrics of art, structure, language, nonverbal communication, experience, and culture.

CAS AH222 Art and Architecture of Ancient America. Introduction to the cities, monuments, and major art styles
of the Aztec, the Maya, the Inca, and their predecessors in ancient Mesoamerica and the Andes from the first
millennium BC to the sixteenth century.

CAS AH225 The Arts of Asia. Surveys of the major artistic traditions of Asia. Important monuments are examined
analytically in order to explain why certain forms and styles are characteristic of specific times and places, and how
these monuments functioned in their cultural contexts..

CAS AH233 The Arts of Greece. Greek architecture, painting, sculpture, and minor arts. Emphasis on
developments in Athens and on the creation of the classical style in art and architecture.

CAS AH284 Arts in America. Survey of American painting, architecture, sculpture, prints, and photography from the
early settlement in 1630 to the present.

CAS AH287 The Nineteenth Century. Examines the major currents in nineteenth-century painting and sculpture,
from David to Rodin, in the context of nationalism, revolution, colonial expansion, and technological growth.
Emphasizes European developments: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Symbolism.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND AREA STUDIES—Introductory Courses: CAS EC101 (Microeconomics) or
CAS EC102 (Macroeconomics) or Foreign Language.

The Department of International Relations is a multidisciplinary department. Beside courses in international relations,
students choose from others in history; economics; political science; religion; sociology; anthropology; women’s,
gender, & sexuality studies; and geography & environment to complete the major. The major consists of 12 courses:
four required principal, four functional track, and four area track courses. The tracks are designed to offer the student
sub-concentrations in a particular geographic area (Africa and the Middle East, East Asia, Europe, or Latin America),
and in a functional area (Environment and Development, Foreign Policy and Security Studies, International
Economics and Business, International Political Economy, International Systems and World Order, or Regional
Politics and Cultural Anthropology). Entering students may also explore the study of international relations by taking
the following introductory course in their first semester:

CAS IR230 Fundamentals of International Politics. Introduction to basic concepts of international politics: the state
system and types of states, modern ideologies, legal frameworks of international transactions, and political regions.
Also raises key issues such as population, the environment, war, and international law. Not for credit toward the
major or minor in International Relations.

LINGUISTICS—Introductory Course: CAS LX250 (Introduction to Linguistics)

CAS LX250 Introduction to Linguistics. Study of the fundamental properties that all languages share, and of how
languages differ, with respect to structure (sound, system, word formation, syntax), expression of meaning,
acquisition, variation, and change; cultural and artistic uses of languages; comparison of oral, written, and signed

MARINE SCIENCE—Introductory Course: CAS ES144 (MP or MR sections)

The interdisciplinary program in marine science combines perspectives from biology, geology, chemistry, and physical
oceanography. The marine science major and minor offer a special opportunity for research training in the junior or
senior year, with courses in the marine laboratory on the main campus and at several off-campus locations, including
the New England Aquarium, Stellwagen Bank, and Woods Hole in Massachusetts, and Belize.

CAS ES144 Oceanography. Examines the physical, chemical, and biological processes by which the oceans serve
as an agent to accelerate or moderate the pace of global change. The dynamic nature of the oceans on both a short-
and long-term scale is emphasized.

MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS—Introductory Course: CAS MA123 (Calculus I) or CAS MA124 (Calculus II)

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics offers programs in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and
statistics. Joint programs are offered with biology, philosophy, computer science, and mathematics education.
Mathematics has an important role in the development of our technological society. Men and women who receive
training in the mathematical sciences and related areas such as engineering, computer science, economics, and
management increase their employment opportunities. There is a continuing need to increase and replenish the pool
of well-educated teachers who are able to communicate their knowledge of mathematics with enthusiasm. Statistics
and operations research are important quantitative tools of the social sciences, business, and government.
These areas have demands for personnel and, correspondingly, favorable career opportunities. This is
particularly so in the fields of health care and insurance. Mathematics is also an excellent premedical, prelaw,
or prebusiness major because of its development of quantitative skills and general training in deductive

CAS MA123: Calculus I. Limits; derivatives; differentiation of algebraic functions. Applications to maxima, minima,
and convexity of functions. The definite integral; the fundamental theorem of integral calculus; applications of

CAS MA124: Calculus II. Logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions. Sequences and series; Taylor's
series with the remainder. Methods of integration. Calculus I and II together constitute an introduction to calculus of a
function of a single real variable.

CAS MA225 Multivariate Calculus. The prerequisites are MA 124 or a very strong background in calculus of one
variable. Topics include geometry of higher dimensional spaces, coordinate systems, multiple integration, directional
derivatives, vector fields, the gradient, and potential functions.

Courses for Non-Majors/Fulfills the CAS Mathematics/Computer Science Graduation Requirement

CAS MA109 The Art and Science of Quantitative Reasoning. Buying music online, making phone calls, predicting
the weather, or controlling disease outbreaks would be impossible without mathematics, statistics, and computer
science. Focuses on methods of reasoning common to these disciplines, and how they enable the modern world. Also
offered as CAS CS 109.

CAS MA113 Elementary Statistics. This course covers the basic concepts of probability and statistics with
applications in the social sciences. Primarily for students in the social sciences who need a one-semester introduction
to statistics; others should consider MA 115 or MA 213. (May not be taken for major or minor credit. Students may
receive credit for only one of MA 113, MA 115, and MA 213.)

CAS MA115 Statistics I. This course covers the basic concepts of statistical inference. Estimation and tests of
hypotheses. Ideas from probability; one-, two-, and multiple-sample problems. Primarily for students majoring in
economics, education, government, psychology, and sociology who have limited preparation in mathematics.
Students with good high school mathematics preparation should also consider CAS MA 213. (Students may
receive credit for only one of MA 113, MA 115, and MA 213.)

CAS MA120 Applied Mathematics for Social and Management Sciences. This course investigates concepts of
mathematics that play a specific role in the analysis of problems arising in the areas of economics, finance, business,
government, and other social sciences. It is preparation for more advanced mathematical study in management.
Topics include algebraic equations, matrix algebra, probability, and the elements of differential calculus. Applications
are stressed throughout the course.

CAS MA 121: Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I. Students may receive credit for either CAS MA 121 or
123, but not both. Differentiation and integration of functions of one variable. Same topics as CAS MA 123, but with
less emphasis on mathematical generality and more on application. Especially suitable for students concentrating in
the biological and social sciences.

MODERN LANGUAGES & COMPARATIVE LITERATURE: Strongly recommended for majors: completion of foreign
language requirement and 300-level language study. Please take a placement exam as soon as possible.

Placement Exam Information
German or Hebrew: Please visit the Modern Languages & Comparative Literature website at
All Other Languages: Placement tests for all other languages will be administered at the beginning of each

Language, literature, and culture courses are available in German; in Russian; in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean; in
Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish; in Hindi-Urdu; and in comparative literature.

MUSIC—Introductory Course: CFA MU101

The study of music usually emphasizes musical performance, music theory, or music history. At Boston University,
students whose primary goal is the development of performance skills within a broad liberal program attend the
College of Fine Arts. The major in music in the College of Arts & Sciences focuses on the theory and history of music,
although students may include a reasonable number of applied music or performance courses for degree credit, or
combine the major in music with a minor in music performance. The faculty of the College of Fine Arts School of
Music offers all courses for the major in music. It includes introductory courses in the theory of music and seven
advanced courses in theory, instrumentation, analysis, and music history. It also requires five related courses from the
following: history (with approval of the advisor), history of art & architecture, philosophy; French and German above
the 212 level, or the equivalent in another language.

CFA MU101 Music Theory I. Basic music vocabulary. Elements of tonal music approached from hearing, sight-
singing, keyboard, writing, and analytical work. Basic counterpoint in two, three, and four voices. Four class meetings
and one additional tutorial hour to be arranged. A placement exam is required for all music majors registering for CFA
MU 101. This exam will be offered the week of August 29 at the College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Avenue.
(MU 101 is a 3-credit course; majors should also register for MU 107, a 1-credit course on ear training and sight-

Courses for Non-Majors:

CAS MU119 Music Appreciation (2 credits). Introduction to music through study of representative styles and forms
in the history of Western music. Music as a changing “language” of human communication. From Gregorian chant
through Mozart. No prior musical experience required. Lectures, in-class performances.

CAS MU230 Mozart. Study of Mozart’s work in major genres—sonata, symphony, quartet, concerto, opera—viewed
in the context of rapidly changing eighteenth-century political and intellectual currents: equality vs. absolutism, free-
market economy vs. aristocratic patronage, Freemasonry vs. the Church. Origins of the “Amadeus” myths.

CFA MU111 Music Theory I. The elements of music theory, notation, basic harmony, chord progression, and ear

CAS MU229: Masterpieces of Opera. History of opera from late-Renaissance experiment through Handel, Mozart,
Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Berg, Stravinsky, Britten, Harbison. Emphasis on opera as a complex, multimedia genre
continually redefining itself, its (often) noble aims conflicting with financial realities, inflated egos, a fickle public.

NEUROSCIENCE—Introductory Courses: CAS NE101 or CAS CH101

The interdisciplinary major in neuroscience engages students in the rapidly evolving study of brain and behavior.
Neuroscience in the College of Arts & Sciences is a collaborative program spanning the faculties of biology,
mathematics & statistics, and psychology. Five core courses are required, ideally taken in sequence beginning in the
fall semester: NE 101 Introduction to Neuroscience, NE 102 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology, NE 202
Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience, NE 203 Principles of Neuroscience with Lab, and NE 204 Introduction to
Computational Models of Brain and Behavior. Upper-level electives, including research opportunities in faculty labs,
allow majors to design their own focus on cellular and systems, cognitive, and/or computational approaches.

CAS NE101 Introduction to Neuroscience. An introduction to the biological basis of behavior and cognition.
Includes theoretical and practical foundations rooted in psychology, biology, neuropharmacology, and clinical
sciences (e.g., neurology and neuropsychiatry).

PHILOSOPHY—Introductory Course: One 200-level course. Majors will receive credit for CGS HU201 and
HU202 (minimum grade of C) as equivalent to one principal course at the 100-level (CAS PH150 or PH155, but
not both).

Philosophy is not just another subject among many but, traditionally, the very core of a liberal arts education. Its task
is to inquire into the sense of all that we study and do, training students to think clearly about questions basic to all
subjects: what is true, what is valid, what is worthwhile, what is beautiful? Philosophical inquiry, informed by the
history of deepest human reflection, seeks to deal with the most pressing questions of our time. Freshman courses
are rigorous and stimulating introductions designed to serve both as a first step to further, specialized study for those
who wish to undertake it and as a foundation in philosophy for those seeking to pursue other interests. Philosophy
has proved an excellent major for liberal studies directed toward admission to law school and other
professional schools, or toward careers in business, the health professions, journalism, and teaching. It is
also one of the most personally rewarding fields of study.

CAS PH100 Introduction to Philosophy. Introduction to the nature of philosophical activity through a careful
study of selected great works such as Lao Tze’s Tao Te Ching, Plato’s Apology, Descartes’s Meditations, Pascal’s
Pensées, and Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

CAS PH160: Reasoning and Argumentation. A systematic study of the principles of both deductive and informal
reasoning, calculated to enhance students' actual reasoning skills, with an emphasis on reasoning and argumentation
in ordinary discourse.

CAS PH258: Philosophy and Literature. Examines how literature and philosophy tell us and show us how it is,
through an analysis of the sorts of demands they place upon reason, experience, and language. Writers include
William James, Henry James, Wallace Stevens, and T. S. Eliot.

CAS PH 266: Mind, Brain, and Self. Philosophical introduction to cognitive science. A consideration of the historical
and intellectual background from which cognitive science has emerged, as well as the philosophical issues
concerning the mind, brain, and self that arise from contemporary scientific research.

CAS PH 272: Science, Technology, and Values. Examination of some of the important ways in which science,
technology, society, and human values are interconnected. Includes case studies of the social and ethical challenges
posed by computer, military, and biological technology.

PHYSICS—Introductory Course: MA123, MA124 or MA127; CAS PY251, PY252 (or PY 211, PY212). If these courses in
Physics and Mathematics are completed prior to the junior year, it is possible to complete a major in Physics in three
more years.

The Boston University Department of Physics is located in the Metcalf Science Center at 590 Commonwealth Avenue.
Research facilities are represented here for all branches of physics: biophysics, high-energy, nuclear, condensed
matter, and polymer physics. Early in their academic careers, students are strongly encouraged to join a research
group. Such associations often lead to active collaborations and introduce our students to modern research
techniques. Students majoring in physics have two curricular options: Option I, which gives students the flexibility to
combine physics with another focus area in an interdisciplinary program, and Option II, which is intended to prepare
students for the study of physics or a closely related subject in graduate school. The department also offers two joint
majors: physics and astronomy, and physics and philosophy. Freshmen in physics have the option of participating in a
one-credit seminar for physicists during their first semester. Students with an undergraduate background in
physics have pursued careers in research, education, law, medicine, economics, publishing, oceanography,
computer science, environmental protection, and business, as well as engineering and industrial research.
For students interested in these and other areas of research and technology, an undergraduate physics
major is an excellent general background for future specialization.

Course for Non-Science Majors:

CAS PY100 Physics of the Twentieth Century and Beyond. Prerequisite: one year of high school physics; high
school algebra. A historical survey of modern physics, focusing on quantum mechanics and relativity as applied to the
microworld (subatomic physics) and the macroworld (the early universe). Covers exotic phenomena from quarks to
quasars, from neutrinos to neutron stars.

POLITICAL SCIENCE—Introductory Courses: CAS PO211, CAS PO251

Political science explores the concerns and issues that animate public life. Using both humanistic and scientific
approaches, it studies how political communities attempt to reconcile the claims of justice, power, liberty, and
authority. Drawing on history, law, economics, psychology, sociology, and philosophy, political science shares the
traditional aims of liberal arts education while attempting to come to grips with the major public issues of our time.

The undergraduate program in political science at Boston University encompasses the subfields of American politics,
public policy, political theory, international relations, and comparative politics. Students typically concentrate in one or
two subfields, but they are also free to explore course offerings in other areas of the discipline. Juniors have the
opportunity to participate in the Washington Internship Program, the London Internship Program, and other academic
semesters overseas offered by Boston University International Programs. Upon graduation, majors in political
science qualify for careers in both the public and private sectors; local, state, and federal government;
business; education; journalism; international organizations; and practical politics. They also pursue
postgraduate study in law and public administration as well as graduate study in political science and
international affairs.

CAS PO211: Introduction to American Politics. Study of the national political structure; emphasis on Congress, the
executive, administrative agencies, and the judiciary. Relations between formal institutions, parties, and interest

CAS PO251: Introduction to Comparative Politics. Meets with CAS IR 251. Examines different patterns of political
development and contemporary politics in Western Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the former Soviet bloc.
Introduces the comparative method in political science and competing theories of political development and political


The premedical/predental curriculum is not a major. You can fulfill the curriculum’s requirements and at the same
time major in any of the academic departments in the College. Historically, most premedical/predental students have
majored in a biological science. However, medical and dental schools generally do not favor one undergraduate major
over another. In fact, most medical and dental schools encourage students to obtain as broad a liberal arts education
as possible; hence, you may wish to consider majoring in one of the Social Sciences or Humanities. While it is
possible to combine preparation for medical or dental school with these areas of interest, you must still be able to
demonstrate competence in the sciences.

You will attend a Premed information session at summer orientation. Please review the Premed Pathway prior to
orientation. Go to to view the Premed Pathway.


The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and most law schools state specifically that a prelaw curriculum is not
particularly advantageous or even desirable. Law schools look for skills in reading, analytical thinking, and written and
oral communication; these skills can be gained in almost any curriculum. Thus, Boston University does not offer a
specific prelaw curriculum. Instead, we suggest that a student choose classes based on his or her interest in the
subject matter and his or her ability to do well in such classes. Students are, however, encouraged to develop the
skills that are most likely to be utilized in law school and in the practice of law; they should, for example, perfect
written and oral communication skills and keep abreast of current political and social issues. Additionally, students are
urged to acquire a broad liberal arts foundation by taking courses in a number of different areas. Students who are
thinking about law school should register early in their college careers with the Prelaw Advising Office, CAS Room B2.
The office has information and materials relating to law school and law-related careers. Interested students should
also obtain information in CAS Room B2 about the five student prelaw organizations: the Prelaw Society, the Diversity
in Law Association, the Prelaw Review, the Mock Trial Team, and the Mock Mediation Team.

PSYCHOLOGY—Introductory Courses: CAS PS101, CAS MA115 (Statistics)

Psychology involves the systematic study of the behavior of organisms. The Department of Psychology at Boston
University emphasizes the role of scientific inquiry in the advancement of psychological knowledge in a wide variety of
areas including cognition, learning, perception, physiological process, personality, language, abnormal behavior, and
social process. A major in psychology prepares a student for graduate study in psychology or, combined with
appropriate related courses, for entrance into the study of medicine, law, and other professions. While many
psychology majors go on to graduate programs, others successfully pursue careers in a variety of fields.
Those most directly related to the study of psychology include working in centers for learning disabled
individuals, drug-alcohol and other crisis centers, research laboratories, organizational settings, and many
areas of government. It is important to realize that a major in psychology is part of a broad liberal education
rather than training for a particular job.

CAS PS101 General Psychology. Basic introduction to the field of psychology. Topics include theories and findings
governing learning, memory, perception, development, personality, social and abnormal psychology. Various teaching
formats are used; three hours of large lecture and one-hour discussion section or three hours of small lecture with no
discussion sections. Specific requirements vary with instructor. Students are expected to participate as subjects in
psychological studies.

RELIGION—Introductory Courses: CAS RN103 or CAS RN104

Knowledge of the major religions of humankind is essential to a liberal education, whether one aims eventually to
enter law, medicine, technology, education, or management. In an increasingly pluralistic society such as ours, a
basic understanding of the contemporary beliefs and practices of American religious life is required of a good citizen.
In an increasingly globalized economy, acquaintance with the religions of Africa and Asia also makes practical sense.
But, for some students, investigating the religions of humankind is impelled by a profoundly personal search for
direction and meaning in life. For other students, the study of religion is motivated by sheer intellectual curiosity.
Whatever motives may lead students to take courses in religious studies, they will find offerings by the faculty in the
Department of Religion that will inform them about the major religions of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas; that
will introduce them to varieties of traditional religious practice, such as Chinese medicine; and that will equip them
thoughtfully and critically to build a framework for cross-cultural and multidisciplinary inquiry into what is—for good or
ill—one of the most persistent, widespread, and powerful forces in human history and contemporary life.

CAS RN103 Religions of the World: Eastern. Study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.
Focus on the worldview of each tradition and the historical development of that worldview..

CAS RN104 Religions of the World: Western. Continues but does not presuppose RN 103. Study of Judaism,
Christianity, Islam. Introduction to the development, thought, practices, and leaders of these religions.

Other Religion Courses:

CAS RN100 Introduction to Religion. Religion matters. It makes meaning and provides structure to life, addressing
fundamental questions about body, spirit, community, and time. But what is it? How does it work in our world? This
course explores religion in ritual, philosophical, experiential, and ethical dimensions.

CAS RN101 The Bible. This course is intended to cultivate biblical literacy by focusing on the Bible as a
foundational document of Western civilization. Students will also explore biblical themes in Western literature and art.

CAS RN102 Sacred Journeys. An introduction to the comparative study of religion through images, travelers’
accounts, and mystical reflection on the theme of the sacred journey in religious quest in Native American
traditions, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

CAS RN122 Religion in America II. A survey of the history of religion in the United States from the Civil War to the
present, focusing on a series of religious controversies that highlight the pluralistic and conflictive nature of American
religious history.

CAS RN206 Sacred Texts of World Religions. Introduction to sacred texts in world religions, investigating the
ways sacred books express, interpret, and make possible religious experience.

ROMANCE STUDIES-- Strongly recommended for majors: completion of foreign language requirement and
300-level language study. Please take a placement exam as soon as possible.

Placement Exam Information
French or Spanish: and enter the password terriers1.
Italian: Please visit the Romance Studies website,

Language, literature, and culture courses are available in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. The Department
of Romance Studies is also home to the undergraduate program in linguistics.

SOCIOLOGY—Introductory Courses: one 200-level Sociology course, or CAS MA113/115 (Statistics I). You
will receive credit for CGS SS101, CGS102 (minimum grade of “C”) as equivalent to the required introductory
course (CAS SO100 or SO115).

Sociology’s subject matter ranges from the family to the state, from crime to religion, from the divisions of race and
social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture. Few fields have such broad scope and interest. In addition to
serving as an important component of a liberal arts education for all, the department offers a major and minor whose
requirements give students considerable range of choice in designing a program to suit their needs. Sociology is a
useful major or minor for students planning to enter such professions as law, business, education, criminal
justice, and even medicine—not to mention social work, politics, and public administration. It also offers a
range of research techniques that can be applied in many specific areas—whether one’s concern is with
crime and criminal justice, the provision of medical care, the problems of poverty and welfare, or the
organization of work.

CAS SO 209: Crime and Delinquency. Analysis of criminal and delinquent behavior. Evaluation of current theories
and research into causes and sociological implications of these behavior patterns. Examination of criminal justice
systems, including police, courts, and corrections.

CAS SO 240: Sexuality and Social Life. Introduction to sociological perspectives on sexuality. Historical and
comparative analysis of sexuality, with a focus on the social and cultural institutions that shape sexuality in the
contemporary U.S.

CAS SO 241: Sociology of Gender. An introduction to the social construction of sex and gender with a focus on the
economic, political, social, and cultural forces that shape gender relations. Examines gender as a social structure that
patterns institutional inequalities and everyday interactions in society.

CAS SO 242: Globalization and World Poverty. (Meets with CAS IR 242.) Globalization and world poverty; how and
why over 80% of the world remains poor and inequality increases despite economic modernization and
democratization. Addresses urbanization, immigration, religion, politics, development politics, foreign aid, women,
drugs, environment, food security. Special attention to Latin American, African, and Asian experiences.

CAS SO 244: Urban Sociology. An analysis of cities and urban phenomena in preindustrial, industrial, and
postindustrial societies with an emphasis on European and U.S. urbanization. A comparison of social scientific
"theories" used to explain these same phenomena.

CAS SO 246: Sociology of Market Transitions. Focus on East-Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, and China
in the context of post-communist economic and political reforms and globalization. Topics include privatization,
entrepreneurship, banking, and corruption. Effects on healthcare, education, social inequality, family and household

CAS SO250: Introduction to the Sociology of Religion

WOMEN’S, GENDER, & SEXUALITY STUDIES (minor only)—Introductory Course: CAS WS101

The Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality (WGS) Studies Program promotes interdisciplinary inquiry into the forces that
shape our experiences as gendered and sexed human beings. WGS courses examine the social, political, and
economic positions of women and men in diverse cultures and historical moments worldwide, and foster
understanding of the ways in which our bodies, social and cultural experiences, and imaginative constructions affect
what it means to be women and men. WGS offers a six-course minor drawing on over 50 courses from 14
departments or programs. All minors take the two-semester sequence WS 101/102 Gender and Sexuality I and II.
Team-taught by faculty members from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, WS 101/102 provides a
distinctively integrated introduction to the field and its key questions.

CAS WS101 Gender and Sexuality: An Interdisciplinary Introduction. Focus in WS 101 is on the origins, diversity,
and expression of gendered and sexed individuals. Topics include the evolutionary origin of sexes; evolution,
development, and social construction of sex differences; sexual differences, similarities, and diversity in bodies,
brains, behavior, and artistic and intellectual expressions.

College of Communication (COM)

Introductory Courses: College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts elective (see pages 2-17); Foreign Language; or
Statistics (CAS MA113 or 115) or Quantitative Reasoning (CAS MA/CS 109).

If you do not have AP credit for a language, it is in your best interest to take the BU placement exam. Go to for more details.

French or Spanish: go to and enter the password terriers1.
Italian: Please visit the Romance Studies website,
German or Hebrew: Please visit the Modern Languages & Comparative Literature website at
All Other Languages: Placement tests for all other languages will be administered at the beginning of each

College of Engineering (ENG)

Introductory Course: CAS MA123 (Calculus I)

Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (SAR)

Introductory Courses:
Athletic Training                                CAS PS101 (Psychology) or CAS MA121 (Calculus)
Health Science                                   CAS PS101 (Psychology) or CAS EC101 (Microeconomics)
Human Physiology (pre-med)                       CAS CH101 (General Chemistry)
Dietetics/Nutritional Science (pre-med)          CAS BI114 (Infect. Diseases)
Occupational Therapy                             CAS PS101 (Psychology)
Physical Therapy                                 CAS PS101 (Psychology)
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences            CAS PS101 (Psychology) or CAS MA115 (Statistics I)

School of Education (SED)

Introductory Courses:

Elementary Education/Special Education: SED ED225 (2 cr.) and SED PE211 (2 cr.)

SED ED225: Project Citizen: Promoting Civic Engagement. Students apply a model of citizen action (Project
Citizen) to analyze and influence a current public policy of their choice. The course also examines how that model can
be used to promote active and informed citizenship among youth and adults.

SED PE211: Movement Education: Early Childhood to Adolescence. Assists special education and elementary
school teachers in the organization, planning, and integrating of motor activities. Children from the Boston public
schools are taught skills in the areas of rhythms, gymnastics, creative games, and ball activities; movement principles.

Early Childhood: CAS AN290 Children and Culture (4 cr.) and SED EC350 Introduction to Early Childhood
Education (2 cr.)

Deaf Studies: SED DE570

SED DE570: American Sign Language I. Introductory course that provides non-native signers an opportunity to
study American Sign Language as a foreign/second language. Emphasizes developing receptive skills. An
introduction to the Deaf culture is presented through instruction and activities.

Secondary: English—CAS EN121; History—CAS HI175 or CAS HI151; Mathematics—CAS MA123; Science—CAS
CH101; Physics—CAS MA123; Chemistry—CAS MA123; Biology—CAS CH101; Earth Science—CAS CH101;
Spanish—CAS LS211 or CAS LS303; French—CAS LF211 OR CAS LF303; Bilingual Education—CAS LX250 or
CAS PS101; Latin and Classical Studies—CAS CL111 or CAS CL161

School of Hospitality Administration (SHA)
Introductory Courses: SHA HF100 (Intro to Hospitality Industry); CAS MA115 (Statistics I); CAS MA120 (Applied
Mathematics); CAS EC101 (Microeconomics); CAS CS101 (Intro to Computers)

SHA HF100 (Introduction to the Hospitality Industry). Serves as the prerequisite to all SHA courses. An
introductory course designed to offer an overview of the hospitality industry. Students gain a historical perspective and
track current events. The class discusses the structure of the industry including chains, franchising, ownership, and
management. The course explores the inner workings of various components of lodging, food service, and
entertainment organizations. It previews the important disciplines covered in upper-level classes. Actual industry
examples and case studies are used extensively.

School of Management (SMG)
Introductory Courses: CAS MA121 (Calculus I) or CAS EC101 (Microeconomics).

If you took precalculus or calculus in high school, take the pre-calculus math placement exam prior to coming to
Orientation. The pre-calculus exam is available on-line at:
Please print your placement results and bring them with you to Orientation.


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